IFCO Applauds the Senate’s New Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act

The Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization congratulates U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL). Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and John Boozman (R-AR) for introducing the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015.
The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015 will end restrictions in laws enacted in 1996 and 2000 on travel by US citizens and legal residents to Cuba-restrictions that do not exist for travel by US citizens to any other country in the world.

Since 1992 IFCO/Pastors for Peace has organized Friendshipment Caravans to Cuba as a “People-to-People” challenge of the immoral blockade and travel ban.  The proof that our efforts have worked lies in recent changes announced by the Obama Administration to move toward normalizing relations with Cuba.

Today’s announcement shows us that each Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan travel challenge to Cuba to resist the US travel ban, has finally compelled the US government to re-evaluate its enforcement. We welcome this first step toward the reversal of a travel ban that have stifled our freedom as US citizens to travel freely to visit and learn from our neighbors in Cuba.

 

To learn more, continue to follow our work. 

Join the Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba this summer.

As Reverend Lucius Walker, the founder of IFCO/Pastors for Peace, said, “We act not just in defiance of our government, but in obedience to our conscience.”

 

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